National Partners Programme

Arts Council Collection: National Partners Programme

To mark the Arts Council Collection’s 70th anniversary, Arts Council England has invested in a network of four National Partner museums and galleries across England, deepening their longstanding relationship with the Collection.

The four National Partner museums and galleries are: the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne; the Birmingham Museums Trust; the Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool; and the Collection’s existing partner, Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

The partners will provide a year-round home for the Collection’s art works, hosting a special programme of at least 24 National Partner exhibitions between April 2016 and June 2019.
 

 

Store to Tour

 

Store to Tour is a new series of short films produced to celebrate our National Partners Programme with a behind-the-scenes look at the staging of a number of key works from the Collection as they go on show at partner venues.

The first film in the series looks at Walker Art Gallery's major exhibition, Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender & Identity, focussing on the installation of Anya Gallaccio’s can love remember the question and the answer (2003).

Subsequent films will focus on exhibitions at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and will be produced between now and late 2018.

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Going Digital with the Over 75s

Arts Council Collection: National Partners Programme

 

Birmingham Museum & Gallery’s (BMAG) latest engagement pilot project sees the gallery’s learning team working with local care homes to explore new opportunities for engaging older audiences.

Developed alongside BMAG’s National Partners Programme exhibition, I Want! I Want!: Art & Technology, the project sees the learning team using a range of digital technologies to take work from the exhibition beyond the walls of the gallery.

Jon devised and facilitated a session using ideas and artworks from I Want! I Want, an exhibition exploring the development of technology over the last 20 years, as a starting point. The session was split in two parts, object handling and a live gallery stream via Facetime.

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NPP Exhibitions

Tread Softly at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Tread Softly presents works from the Arts Council Collection in which artists explore childhood experience and familial relationships, revisiting and reassessing pivotal moments and people within their lives
Totality at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Created by contemporary artist Katie Paterson, Totality is made up of 10,000 images of solar eclipses, illuminated and sparkling from a rotating mirror ball.
I Want! I Want! Art and Technology

I Want! I Want! features work by artists made over the last 20 years who have all been influenced by the rapid development of technology.
Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity at BMAG

This exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in England and Wales.

Meet the Partners

Towner Art Gallery

Towner is an award-winning contemporary art gallery and museum for South East England presenting major exhibitions of UK and international contemporary art.
The Walker Art Gallery

One of the finest art galleries in Europe, the Walker Art Gallery is home to renaissance masterpieces, Tudor portraits and one of the best collections of Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite art in the country.
Coming Out at Walker Art Gallery

A National Partners Programme exhibition, bringing together nearly 100 artworks from the Arts Council Collection and the Walker’s own collection. The show explores how artists have addressed the show’s themes in their work since 1967.
Tread Softly at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Tread Softly presents works from the Arts Council Collection in which artists explore childhood experience and familial relationships, revisiting and reassessing pivotal moments and people within their lives.
I Want! I Want! at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

This exhibition features work by 26 artists and collectives, made over the last 20 years, who have all been influenced by the rapid development of technology.
[Re]construct at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

[Re]construct questions what we know and understand about architecture, and features work by artists including Martin Creed, Anya Gallaccio and Cornelia Parker.

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